Bismillah, alhamdulillah.

Just finished a presentation of MERS for the public. Interesting information that I came across regarding camels and their role in the disease. Some highlights were:

  • Camel’s have had antibodies against the corona virus since at least 1992.
  • The camel virus genome sequences vary by less than 1% compared to the human MERC Coronavirus
  • The prevalence of corona virus in camel’s by PCR is highest prior to the age of 2.
  • Seropositivity in camels was quite variable ranging from 5->90%.
  • Taif was mentioned as having a high seropositive rate amongst its camels.
  • for more see the short power point:

MERS Update 21 May 2014

 

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